Wind doesn’t blow spirit away

2015-09-29 06:00
Development riders competed in the inaugural community race at Caradale Primary School in Mitchell’s Plain on Sunday.

Development riders competed in the inaugural community race at Caradale Primary School in Mitchell’s Plain on Sunday.

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Caradale Primary School played host to the inaugural community race on Sunday, the first of its kind in Mitchell’s Plain.

Development riders from various schools took part in the event, as well as other cycling clubs from in and around the Mitchell’s Plain area. Category 1 and 2 cyclists also took part.

The race forms part of an ongoing cycling development programme of the Sports Trust in association with Nedbank and the Western Cape department of cultural affairs and sport. It is aimed at helping disadvantaged schools by introducing the sport of cycling to their teachers and pupils.

“It provides the pupils with the key fundamental principles of cycling, which includes road and safety skills, maintenance of their bikes and providing them with an opportunity to participate in both school league and community races,” says Sports Trust’s Carol Crawford.

The community race was also sanctioned by WP Cycling Association and managed by Cape Town Giants cycling club.

Despite the windy weather on Sunday, cyclists turned out in their numbers to complete the circuit routes of 2km and 4km in and around the school premises.

Most of the development cyclists participated on mountain bikes and will receive points for the times they achieved.

Ncebakazi Mgodelini from Matthew Goniwe High School and Mushfeekah Butler from Oval North High School were two of the female development cyclists competing in the event, competing in the junior category.

Oval North has indoor “spinning bikes” which the pupils train on daily. They also cycle around their school inside the boundaries, and then only sometimes go out on the roads, but safety remains top priority when training and participating in events. Both these female cyclists are passionate about cycling and feel that it’s very important to keep fit and healthy. They say they enjoy competing against the boys in these races.

Anroux Marais, provincial minister of cultural affairs and sport, says sport helps keep youngsters away from ills.

“Sport plays an important role in giving young people a sense of belonging. It also shows them how much they can achieve through hard work. I am proud that my department offers the youth these opportunities.”

U.10 winners

Zavaaitah Martins

Jess Murton – Kinetic club

Zeeshaan van der Hoven – Alta Relo club

U.12 winners

Rayaan Fatoor – Alta Relo

Imaan Phillips – Cape Town Giants club

Jason Bruintjies – Kinetic

U.14 winners

Imtiyaaz van der Hoven – Alto Relo

Mirshaib Jordaan – Cape Town Giants

Salaaghuddeen Jacobs – Cape Town Giants

U.16 winners

Tashreeg Fataal – Alta

Abdul Mutaalib – Sauls

Yusaf Evans – Cape Town Giants

Junior (u.18) winners

Abdul Maik Salim

Dulan Arendse

Ugair Peters

Category 2 winners

Fizal Hendricks

Shizaan Dicks

Jurgen Orzesser

Category 1 winners

Rohan du Plooy

Stafen Ihlerfelt

Dirkie Nel

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